Archive for August, 2006

Fauxtography

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The Reuters vehicle story is an abosulte fraud.

A complete and total fraud.

And a bad one at that.

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Media War–The Battlespace of 4GW

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

As everybody from the President to the Lance Corporals say, ‘when a terrorist lights a fire cracker, its news, but when we take down a terrorist cell, no one hears about it.’

This new battlespace is not fought on a fixed terrain.  In war, it is often said that terrain and technology are neutral, i.e., night sights don’t know who is wearing them, the ground doesn’t care who is walking on it and a concrete wall will stop rounds from an AK-47 or an M-4.

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The al-Maliki Interview, starring WOLF BLITZER

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

by Richard Nadler

One certainty by which American news viewers can set their clocks is the unremitting hostility of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to America’s attempt to plant democracy in the Middle East.  On Sunday, Aug. 27, watchers of Late Edition could see Blitzer interview – no, hector – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The segment, which ran 3500 words in transcript, provides a remarkable window into CNN’s freakish hatred not only of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but of our Iraqi allies in that fight.

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Only Certain News

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Last we looked at a Poll of Iraqis who actually live in Iraq.

The Iraqi news media’s effect on the poll was obvious in one question.

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Iraq: Media Manufactured Perception

Friday, August 25th, 2006

The experts on how things are going in Iraq are not former State Department officials, former CIA officials who may never have set foot in the country.

The experts are not Senators who have taken junkets or the various other bloviators who populate the green rooms of cable news outlets.

They are the Iraqis themselves.

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Civilian deaths in Iraq decline

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

and why you haven’t heard

According to the New York Times, civilian deaths in Baghdad are at an all-time high, marking the failure of the Baghdad security plan launched by the al-Maliki government, and the descent of Iraq into civil war.

But according to Iraq’s national security minister Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, the sectarian violence peaked in mid-July, and has declined sharply since then, indicating the success of the security plan.

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NYT Buries the Lede

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of the way President Bush is “handling the campaign against terrorism” according to the most recent NYT/CBS poll. (Page 7 of PDF file)

The poll also shows that fighting terrorism is the number one issue “for political leaders to concentrate on right now.”

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What a difference a year makes…

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Last weekend, roughly one million Iraqis celebrated a holy day in Baghdad.  And they were relatively unmolested.

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s oppressed Shi’ite majority was forbidden to congregate for festivals.  In fact, all non-Ba’athist public gatherings were treated as insurrections.

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Community Policing in Baghdad

Monday, August 21st, 2006

“It’s hard not to be optimistic,” said Army Col. Michael Beech, who commands the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, tasked with clearing the Dura neighborhood of Baghdad of the terrorists and criminal gangs behind the sectarian violence that exploded there in recent months.  “I walk the streets of Dura every day, and what I see is that every day there are additional shops open that weren’t there before.  I see the Dura market has increased traffic, and people in the Dura market shopping every day.  The feedback I get from people on the streets is very promising.”

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03-5-0

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Last Summer it was a running joke among the Lance Corporals that U.S. Marine Corps had a new Occupational Specialty–03-5-oh—the infantry police officer.

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